World’s Oldest Person, Kane Tanaka, Dies At 119
By Eyo Nse,
The world’s oldest person, Kane Tanaka has been reportedly dead, she was 119 years.
Guinness World Records has mourned Kane Tanaka from Japan who passed away on 19 April 2022 at the age of 119.
The sad news was confirmed by Senior Gerontology Consultant Robert Young. The Senior Gerontology Consultant, also said that Kane holds the record for the oldest person living as well as the oldest person living (female) in 2019.
According to a social media content posted via Twitter by her family on 13 April 2022, it revealed that she has been hospitalized and discharged repeatedly.
Even with her ill health, she struggled to reach 119 years.
On a Twitter post as shared by her family, Kane thanked everyone by standing by her, urged everyone to have fun, energetic and be cheerful.
As the seventh child of Kumakichi, Kuma Ota, Kane was born on 2 January 1903.
She live in Fukuoka, and enjoyed doing math and playing board games.
Her family revealed that even in her final days, she still had an appetite for cola and chocolate.
The organizers of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay selected Kane Tanaka as one of its torchbearers, though her participation was suspended due to COVID-19.
She could have become the oldest person ever (female) in few years if death didn’t visit her.
Jeanne Louise Calment from France holds the oldest person ever (female) title who was born on 21 February 1875 and died on 4 August 1997 at the age of 122 years, 164 days.
Jiroemon Kimura from Japan happens to be the oldest person ever (male) who was born on 19 April 1897 and died on 12 June 2013 at the age of 116 years, 54 days.